Animals Archive
14 May 2015, 07:18 AM ET
In a quest to figure out what makes some male sage grouse so sexy, one scientist has turned to partly taxidermied robots.
13 May 2015, 02:11 PM ET
Trap-jaw ant Odontomachus brunneus use their quick moving mandibles, clocked at speeds reaching 60 meters per second, to avoid capture and death from predatory larval antlion.
13 May 2015, 02:02 PM ET
When threatened, some trap-jaw ants can use their powerful jaws like a spring to fling themselves out of death pits dug by stealthy predators, a new study finds.
13 May 2015, 07:51 AM ET
Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) may have another cub on her paws in a few months. Scientists and veterinarians gave the furry black-and-white starlet two rounds of artificial insemination on April 26 and 27 at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
13 May 2015, 07:32 AM ET
At 3,456 pounds (1,570 kilograms), a great white shark named Mary Lee may be one of New York's largest tourists.
12 May 2015, 01:38 PM ET
The shark, named Mary Lee, was tagged off of Cape Cod, MA in 2012 by nonprofit research group OCEARCH. Her tracker’s radio ping caught the 3,456 pound (1,568kg) animal navigating the waters off of Jones Beach in New York in May 2015.
12 May 2015, 09:18 AM ET
Sir David Attenborough, the world-famous nature host, recently found himself in a bat cave in Borneo, dangling from a rope 300 feet (91 meters) above the ground, as a drone hovered around filming him.
12 May 2015, 06:20 AM ET
Chicks with dino-snouts? With a little molecular tinkering, for the first time scientists have created chicken embryos with broad, Velociraptor-like muzzles in the place of their beaks. The results shed new light on how the bird beak evolved.
12 May 2015, 06:19 AM ET
Scientists have created chicken embryos with dinosaur-like snouts, revealing the genetic tweaks that may have led to the development of the bird beak.
07 May 2015, 03:15 PM ET
The shiny, fossilized brains of two ancient sea-monsterlike creatures are helping researchers understand how the ancestors of modern-day arthropods, such as scorpions and lobsters, evolved, as shown in a new study.
07 May 2015, 08:32 AM ET
A sinkhole in Madagascar contained hundreds of fossils of extinct primates, hippos, rodents and the island's largest predatory cat.
07 May 2015, 06:54 AM ET
A newly translated report reveals the dodo bird was not the only wacky animal inhabitant of the island of Mauritius: Bad-tempered parrots, wart-faced pigeons and several other now-extinct but noteworthy indigenous animals called this land home.
07 May 2015, 06:45 AM ET
A massive whale's nerves can unfold and recoil like a bungee cord, explaining how they can balloon their mouths while feeding.
07 May 2015, 12:11 AM ET
The ivory trade is taking a hit as Chinese social media ramps up to protect elephants.
06 May 2015, 11:35 PM ET
In China, social media is changing ivory's social status.
06 May 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Every spring, red-sided garter snakes leave their hibernation burrows to engage in a frenzied jumble of mating. But doing the deed is no easy feat for males.
06 May 2015, 03:04 PM ET
The Siberian tiger is a rare beauty, best seen from not too close.
06 May 2015, 07:09 AM ET
A sinkhole in Madagascar contained hundreds of fossils of extinct primates, hippos, rodents and the island's largest predatory cat
06 May 2015, 12:01 AM ET
Scientists recently took a close look at teeth of fossilized penis worms and discovered a new species.
02 May 2015, 03:16 AM ET
Horses are ungulates — mammals with hooves. There are more than 400 different breeds.
01 May 2015, 04:48 PM ET
Gentoo penguins seem to gather in colonies, and their large piles of poop help melt the snow and provide "nurseries" for their young.
01 May 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Penguins poop on the ice to melt it,  enabling them to create rocky breeding coves.
01 May 2015, 09:57 AM ET
It's possible that thousands of ivory objects — from kitschy trinkets to carved tusks — worth more than $15 million are being traded each year on Craigslist in the United States, according to a new report.
01 May 2015, 06:55 AM ET
The planet is crawling with critters, but scientists are meeting some of them only just now.
30 April 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Bat wings have built-in systems to rapidly detect airflow changes, enabling these flying mammals to perform aerial acrobatics.
30 April 2015, 07:34 AM ET
Some scorpions are able to spray their venom, an ability they use defensively to try to temporarily disable predators, allowing the stinging arachnids to escape the jaws of death, a new study suggests.
29 April 2015, 06:59 PM ET
Researchers produced venom-spraying behavior in Parabuthus transvaalicus scorpions by simultaneously grabbing its tail and blowing a puff of air on the arachnid with a compressed air duster. 
29 April 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Rare, 7-million-year-old fossils of two extinct pygmy sperm whales are helping researchers learn about the evolution of the ocean's largest toothed whale, a new study finds.
29 April 2015, 01:02 PM ET
A little feathered dinosaur with batlike wings likely flapped and glided, not so gracefully, through the Jurassic forests of what is now northeastern China, say paleontologists who analyzed the animal's bones.
29 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The first of its kind, this wacky dinosaur sports bat-like wings with membranous tissue to help it glide through the Jurassic forests of what is now China some 160 million years ago.
28 April 2015, 11:11 PM ET
Guinea pigs are a domesticated species of rodent that are popular as pets — and food. These animals no longer exist in the wild.
28 April 2015, 07:33 PM ET
Archaeopteryx was an evolutionary link between dinosaurs and birds.